87
87
A Fabergé silver-gilt and enamel timepiece, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 274,000 GBP
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87
A Fabergé silver-gilt and enamel timepiece, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 274,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A Fabergé silver-gilt and enamel timepiece, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, 1899-1903
circular, the surface enamelled in translucent pink over sunburst engine-turning and applied with painted gold foil leaf and berry sprigs, the border of bound leaf tips, seed pearl bezel, white enamel dial, ivory back, scroll strut, struck with workmaster's initials and Fabergé in Cyrillic, 88 standard, scratched inventory number 6418, in original Fabergé wood box
diameter 9.5cm, 3 3/4 in.
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Provenance

Mary, Duchess of Hamilton (1854-1934)

Mary, Duchess of Montrose (1884-1957)

Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Lady Mary Montagu was the eldest daughter of the 7th Duke of Manchester.  She married, in 1873, William Douglas-Hamilton, the 12th Duke of Hamilton.  The couple had one child, a daughter, also called Mary, who married James Graham, later the 6th Duke of Montrose, in 1906.  They had four children. 

The painted gold foil, or paillon, sprigs call to mind the Gatchina Palace Imperial Easter Egg of 1901, now at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, USA.  Also by Perchin, the egg is decorated with green, red and brown-painted paillons of ribbons, foliate swags and trophies of the Arts and Sciences.  This complex technique involves applying the gold foil to the top layer of enamel before re-firing it with the final clear sealing layer, or fondant.

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